Tonight in Seattle: Mastodon, Opeth and GhostPosted by Gabriel Arguelles
As part of the Heritage Hunter Tour, heavy metal bands Mastodon and Opeth will be taking the stage at The Showbox Sodo.
Mastodon is an American metal band that focuses on the mixing of clean vocals with harsh screams on top of dark instrumentation. After creating five studio albums since their birth in 2000, Mastodon joins this tour as a celebration to their latest, The Hunter, released last year. The metal album debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 charts. Over their 12 years time, Mastodon has successfully combined many types of metal for an exclusive sound inspired by progressive metal, stoner metal, black metal, groove metal, and post metal – the one common detonator of them all is most important, the Metal, which Mastodon is prepared to melt your face with.
Co-headling is Opeth, a Swedish death metal band who have been around since 1990 with 10 studio albums, including their most recent 2011 release, Heritage. Their progressive metal is considered unique because of their inspiration found in progressive rock and folk. Singer/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt for Opeth once said:
“I don’t see the point of playing in a band and going just one way when you can do everything. It would be impossible for us to play just death metal; that is our roots, but we are now a mishmash of everything, and not purists to any form of music. It’s impossible for us to do that, and quite frankly I would think of it as boring to be in a band that plays just metal music. We’re not afraid to experiment, or to be caught with our pants down, so to speak. That’s what keeps us going.”
How can a band be so threatening and terrifying while at the simultaneously be thoroughly dorky? This is a feat that Ghost has pulled off for the last few years by performing well-written, Argento-inspired, devil-worshiping tunes that toe the line between darkness and whatever it is Spın̈al Tap were doing. The day after Ghost headlined a show at El Corazon, the Heritage Hunter Tour was announced: Ghost were to share the stage with two of modern metal’s biggest names, Opeth and Mastodon, on the some of the country’s largest stages. This show was originally to be at the Paramount theatre in downtown Seattle, but has since been moved to the Showbox in the SoDo district.
Ghost will be the first band tonight, so be sure to arrive early– you wouldn’t want to miss the costumes and on-stage drama brought to life by six devilish ghouls who can bring out the bleakness in ABBA and Beatles covers.